I have fond memories of this Uncle Tupelo record. Almost each Sunday without fail Mick Ruff, the barman at the old Punters’ Club hotel in Fitzroy, would play the album as Al and I set up for the regular Sunday spot. Mick always said that he would love to hear us play Fatal Wound. Didn’t quite get there, Mick, but here’s Shaky Ground instead.
Yep, the first week back and, appropriately for summer, JVG’s theme was ‘Bay’. Each year, returning to the Corner, I’ve tried to get myself out of the comfort zone…I was extremely nervous about starting 2012 with a soul classic. Let’s face it, I’m no soul singer, but, what the hell, I thought I may as well give ‘Dock of the Bay’ a crack. Luckily I was ably assisted by Ed Bates on steel and Dave Evans on accordion. They made swift instrumental work of the whistling theme!
This week the theme was ‘Washing’. I had to play solo for a change, as all my cronies had left town for one reason or another. As I really like the Lisa Mitchell song, Coin Laundry, I thought I’d give it a crack. A couple of weird coincidences ensued. One: JVG and I worked out that we used to frequent the same coin laundry in Mitford St in Elwood in our youth – it is this coin laundry I always imagine when I listen to Lisa’s song. Two: Lisa Mitchell her-very-self was listening when I played the song on the radio. She sent me a nice email.